Yares Art Gallery
745 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
The 5,800-square foot art gallery is located on the “Gallery Floor” of the renowned Plaza District tower at 745 Fifth Avenue. It is the first New York location for Santa Fe art dealer Dennis Yares, known for his exhibits and representation of significant Abstract Expressionist and Color Field artists.
The design of the gallery is classic minimalism. The three primary design elements are the walls, floor and ceiling. Inserted into this “white box” is the artwork, which activates the space, and the neutral grey custom furniture by Rippel Metal Fabrications also of Santa Fe. At this level of minimalism, the perfection of each element is critical to the overall success of the design and the space.
Each element was left in its pure form so as not to distract from the artwork. The slab ceiling, with the beam exposed, allows for the maximum ceiling height in the space and the display of large works of art by such artists as Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Lewis. The walls are a pure white canvas for the display of the art. Left unadorned, and with long expanses, they allow for maximum flexibility in displaying the artwork and have only a shadow reveal at the bottom to create the appearance that they and the art are floating above the maple floor. The flesh-toned maple floor, the only color in the gallery outside of the artwork, was refinished to create a subtle soft color that would not take your eye from the art.
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